Regimen + Goals

My Hair Regimen: I moisturize and/or oil my hair daily. As needed (usually weekly) I cleanse my hair and scalp with a moisturizing shampoo (or a clarifying one if there's build up). I do a moisturizing OR protein treatment with every shampoo. I stretch my relaxers 3-4 months.

My go-to protective/low manipulation styles: buns, braid-outs and halfwigs. In 2012 I want to start experimenting with more heat-free styles. I air dry most of the time and flat iron for length checks only.

I'm currently midback length (MBL) and actively working towards reaching waist length by my graduation in mid-2012.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Thanks but....I'm not natural

I went out twice this week and both times I got compliments on my hair.


  • I went to a BSS and as I was checking out, an older, natural lady with an afro turns to me and says: "It's so good to see young girls with their natural hair". I told the lady I have a relaxer. She said "It doesn't matter, I mean girls with their real hair". I had my hair in a high braidout bun that day. 

  • Yesterday I went to Afrofest which is Canada's largest annual celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. I had a lot of fun!! I decided to wear my favourite halfwig, the one that looks like a really loose big braidout. I blended my hair pretty well if I say so myself -- twisted-out my own bangs and pinned it back to create a hump and hide the wig line, and some babyhurr. One booth featured all natural products and the woman who was at the booth had what looked like MBL natural hair in small twists. I thought it was interesting that she had all this natural hair but massive fake eyelashes...I digress...She said my hair looks "so beautiful" and it's so good that I have my natural hair texture. I said "Thanks...but I actually have a relaxer". She rolled her eyes and to be honest I've never seen anyone's eyes roll so far back into their head. I just laughed. She then preached about how she's natural and how natural hair is awesome. I thanked her for letting me try the samples and kept it moving to the Honeyfig booth.

  • A sales associate at the Honeyfig booth weave-checked me. She's like "Your hair looks so good" and looked at my hairline and ran her fingers through the length of my halfwig. Then she said "oh.. you have a weave... but thats okay it looks good". This was my first weave check where someone put their hands in my hair without my permission. Not sure how I feel about it. I'm not too mad because we've met before and I would consider her an acquaintance. So I guess it's better than a total stranger weave-checking me. I just can't wait until my hair gets as long and thick as my halfwig, so I can stop buying them. Well I suppose I have the length part down. But its the thickness part I need to work on. Maybe I should revisit nightly JBCO scalp massages and biotin pills again.
So, with a quick braid-out or twist-out, strangers in real life think I'm natural. It was never my intention to "fake natural", for lack of a better term. I just like big hair and textured styles sometimes. I like to get creative and find ways to make my hair do different styles. I love the versatility.

7 comments:

  1. I would've fussed the chick who went all up and through your hair out. How rude of her!!

    I can totally relate to what you're going through though. My sorority sister keeps telling me that I might as well go natural since I do a lot of natural styles and use a lot of natural products lol

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  2. I would've had to stunt a bit...I'll be honest. I have worked WAYYYY too hard to grow my hair for someone to actually roll their eyes or get smart bc I am wearing a wig. I would've whipped my wig off and SHOWED them my hair in all its THICK RELAXED GLORY! Smh...glad you just laughed it off.

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  3. U went about it pretty good... I love the natural movement thats goin on but its not for every ethnic woman, at least not at the moment. U've had beautiful progress and Iam sure u will get the thickness to dish out the wigs. I agree with you, length is just not the same without thickness.

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  4. You were at Afrofest?! So was I :) I would have loved to meet you.

    Sunshyne

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  5. I love the natural movement but in all honesty I think it is just like any other fad...friends I know have gone "natural" kept weave in their head the whole time...after glorifying their "big chop" I might add, then relaxing within the next year or so....I'm not hating on the movement, as SweetIntent said it's not for everyone...and I don't like how naturals look down on us so tough!! *HUMPH!*

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  6. lol beauty...let it all out!!!

    @Sunshyne that would be so awesome to meet you! I'd probably be starstruck lol. Maybe if Honeyfig has another event, we could attend and meet eachother!

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